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Can Units Solicit Gifts and Money?

by Ed Rogers for the Alamo Area BSA: 10-28-2015 

We've had recent inquiry regarding unit solicitation of gifts and contributions. Hope this news article helps clarify most questions on the topic.  

In accordance with National BSA Regulations and Guidelines, as noted on a Unit Money-Earning Application, guideline #7: 

7. Will the fund-raising project avoid soliciting money or gifts?

The BSA Rules and Regulations state, “Youth members shall not be permitted to serve as solicitors of money for their chartered organizations, for the local council, or in support of other organizations. Adult and youth members shall not be permitted to serve as solicitors of money in support of personal or unit participation in local, national, or international events.” 

For example: Boy Scouts/Cub Scouts and leaders should not identify themselves as Boy Scouts/CubScouts or as a troop/pack participate in The Salvation Army’s Christmas Bell Ringing program. This would be raising money for another organization. At no time are units permitted to solicit contributions for unit programs. These provisions and publications have been distributed on a regular annual basis to unit committees of record following annual rechartering. Please pass along this information to your unit committee if they have not been a party to such distribution.

Thank you,

Edward L. Rogers, CFRE Director of Scouting Endowment

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